Creamy Asparagus Soup


From The Vegan Chef - Vegan Recipes - Beverly Lynn Bennett

This was my first vegan recipe ever! It was simply delicious! Not hard to make at all and I followed the directions very closely. The next time I may cut the water just a tad, but besides that the soup came out perfectly. This makes a lot of soup, so plan on having it for while. It was so delicious, though, I even had seconds!

Note: This was our second soup the day after the master cleanse.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 3 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 T. garlic, minced
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 T. cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 3 T. freshly chopped basil
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/8 t. white pepper
  • 1 cup soy milk, rice milk, or other non-dairy milk of choice
  • 3 T. nutritional yeast flakes
  • Garnish: thin slices of lemon

Instructions
  1. Cut the tips off the asparagus, place them in a steamer basket, steam them for 2-3 minutes or until tender, and set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the stems diagonally, place them in a steamer basket, steam them for 4-5 minutes
  3. or until tender, and set aside.
  4. Measure the water left over from steaming the asparagus, add additional water to measure 7 cups, and place it in a large pot.
  5. Add the potatoes, onion, garlic, and lemon juice, and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  7. In a blender or food processor, place the cold water and cornstarch, and blend well to combine.
  8. Strain the cooked vegetables from the broth, reserving the cooking liquid, transfer the cooked vegetables to the food processor, and return the cooking liquid to the pot.
  9. Add the fresh herbs to the cooking liquid and stir well to combine.
  10. Add half of the reserved steamed asparagus stems to the food processor and puree the mixture until smooth.
  11. To the pot containing the herbed cooking liquid, add the pureed mixture, reserved steamed tips and stems, and the remaining ingredients, and stir well to combine.
  12. Remove the pot from the heat and set the soup aside for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  13. Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed.
  14. Serve hot or cold and garnish individual servings with a thin slice of lemon.


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